*Saudiwoman link fixed
I beg you all to go on over to Saudiwomans blog and read what she so eloquently said. This is a must read people. you must know the impact this is having around the world. She broke it down and i doubt many Americans know what people from the outside looking in may think of their politics.
I’ll quote her but do leave her a comment.
In Saudi Arabia, people look to the USA as a center of education and progress so when President Clinton got caught with Lewinsky, it had a ripple effect here. People got the message that after all that education and power it all came down to sex. And there was a this wave of womanizing and I believe many upper-middle class men took on second wives because of that negative influence. Then when Bush got elected for a second term after his foreign policy failures, many here thought well the west is definitely just a bunch of racist colonist crusaders at heart. By voting for Bush they sent the message that there was no remorse for all those tortured Iraqis at Abu Ghraib, for the unAmericanness of Guantanamo Bay and all those dead Iraqi women and children. Some put it down to that lives that are non-white and non Christian had little value to the US. And a sense of bitterness and disappointment in the so-called American values and principles unfurled and suffocated any popularity that the US had pre-Iraq.
Isn’t that interesting? Who would have thunk that Bill getting a hot lil intern would result in Saudi men running around ‘taking other wives’. It does make since. Sure there are those who would marry plural wives anyway, but you have to know the mindset here to realize that others were emulating what they saw ‘The Most Powerful Man In The World’ doing…with an Islamic twist to it.
Now with Obama elected, no matter what he does in the future I know that racial tensions everywhere have been subdued a little. His background; the time he spent in Muslim Indonesia as a child and his Islamic heritage on his father’s side coupled with his mixed race and his choice of an African American as a spouse is beautiful. Him winning tells humanity that dignity, self-respect, hard-work and qualifications still count and that even though the bumbling fool Bush dubiously won in the beginning, he definitely is not better off for it.
As for what it means for Saudis, it is a cultural shift in the right direction. Saudi did not really believe in the American version of democracy. How could they when all the presidents of the so-called” melting pot” were Anglo. Now they are rubbing their eyes in disbelief rethinking the concept in a way that hopefully will move them out of their passiveness and no point attitude. Tribal differences will matter a little less now. Yes that is how much weight American elections have around the world.
Subhanallah! This is sooo deep y’all! You have to live here or no the people to understand how true her words are. I have so much to say, yet so little to add to what Saudiwoman has expressed so well. Please stop by her blog and leave a comment.